Seekers Episode 7 – How to Make Sure You’re Getting Good Advice

Seekers is a podcast focused on answering common life questions through the infinite wisdom of God’s living word – The Holy Bible.

Life is complicated. We are perpetually living in a world that throws obstacle after obstacle our way. No matter our class in society – rich or poor – we all face battles. Often we’re not sure what to do, or haven’t been through a certain situation. It’s at this time we seek advice.

Think about this for a second. You’re in some critical situation and you don’t know what to do. You realize the consequences of the choice you make are great enough to really think about what to do. And so you go to get advice, but have you ever really thought about the messenger? The person that very well might make the decision for you? How much do you know about them, and their motives? Do they have your best interest in mind?

Today on Seekers I look at what the bible says about advice, and how we can ensure we are getting wise counsel when we seek it.

Let’s pray.

Lord, please let Your will be done here. Take my words and make them Your own. No matter what it is You want to do here today, let it be done. I want those listening to this to come away with the knowledge to make the right choices as they go about their lives, and I know Your word is the ultimate source for wisdom. Please Lord show us the way. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

So what does the bible say about advice? Our text verse today is

Proverbs 12:15

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

The Way of the Fool

When we think we know, we might have no idea. The way of the fool is right in his own eyes. We aren’t able to fully understand what to do all the time, yet for some reason it seems time and time again our inner know-it-all starts to rear its head out at us to say we do. To tell us we know exactly what to do, and we don’t need to ask anyone about anything.

I hate asking for directions. A typical guy I suppose. I always like to think I can figure it out on my own, or pop an address into my cell phone map to get my family where we need to go. Truth is many hours could’ve been saved this year alone if I’d stopped and asked the right person.

Proverbs 12:15 is as much about pride as it is about anything else. The proud think they know it all, think they’ve got all the answers. But humbly, we don’t. We’re flawed. We need help.

The Wise

In the second part of Proverbs 12:15 we learn about the wise man. The person that listens and adheres to what others tell them.

Often times the most critical choices are the ones that we’re most passionate about. Ones we don’t really want to have someone else make for us. Yet, these choices, and the consequences of they hold in the balance, are big enough that we absolutely need advice. We need others to shepherd us into making the right choices.

What Type of Counsel?

Godly counsel is the only kind you should listen to.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

If you take one thing away from this podcast episode, let it be this. Do not listen to ungodly counsel. When my parents were exploring divorce a Christian counselor told them to stay together, and urged them to work through their differences. Another counselor, that prescribed to worldly wisdom, told them to go ahead and split up. My life was drastically changed by the advice of someone that, according to my mother, wasn’t using the bible as her reference for advice.

The wise of this world are fools in the eyes of the Lord. They will show you many accreditations and worldly accolades, but they won’t have any spiritual fruit to their names. They’ll be popular in a broken world full of sin, where self, pride, and godlessness rule the day, and this type of advice will not behoove you.

The first question to ask when someone tries to give you advice is to ask them if they know Jesus as their personal Lord and savior? The answer is a simple yes or no, and it should be the same guide for you seeking advice from them on any matter.

God counsels us through his word.

Psalm 1:1-2

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

When I need advice or have a problem I just can’t figure out, I look at the word of God for advice, inspiration, and hope. You can and should too. So much of the obstacles of life are written about in the Word of God, from dealing with debt to family life to finding purpose and fulfillment. Turn to the word of God for advice.

Seek those that have been where you are now, and made it through successfully. Look to people that aren’t afraid to open up their bible and look at the word of God in a way that can help you make the right choice.

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